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Traveling to Kingston, Jamaica

Posted by mandyf on November 28, 2008

Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica, is one of those places that you just have to experience. While Kingston has at times had a bad reputation, it is generally considered safe for travelers. The general sentiment is that if you can navigate a large American or European city you can get through Kingston without a problem, and from recent experience I concur. Kingston has some of the friendliest people I have ever met on my travels and was one of the best destinations I have visited in in over a decade. Whether traveling alone, as a couple, or a family with kids, you will fall in love with Kingston.

Founded in the 1690’s after an earthquake destroyed the one time pirate base of Port Royal, Kingston is rich with history and culture. With over seven hundred thousand residents Kingston is the largest English speaking city in the West Indies as well as the first capital of the West Indies British Colony. If you are going to Jamaica, Kingston offers the best chance to experience true Jamaican lifestyle with the luxuries of home.

Kingston has many fine resorts and highly graded hotels to choose from so finding a great place to stay is rarely a problem. While visiting you will surely want to take some time to get to know a bit about the history of not just Kingston, but Jamaica firsthand and the best way to do that is by getting out and exploring. The National Gallery is one of the can’t miss attractions. Once you step inside you will be treated to a world class collection of art which includes selections from Kapo, Edna Manley, and John Dunkley. If you enjoy museums then a whole day can be spent visiting the Gallery along with it’s sister institutions the National History Museum, National Library, and African-Caribbean Heritage Centre. In between these attractions a great idea is to stop by the Devon House, a restored nineteenth century mansion, which is one of Kingston’s biggest attractions. The King’s House and Jamaica House are nearby but closed to the public. Even so they are a great photo opportunity and help paint a picture of the opulence the Governor and Prime Minister live in.

By now you have probably had your fill of “Ancient” history as my daughter says and want something a bit more current to enjoy. Look no further than the Bob Marley Museum. The Bob Marley Museum is the actual house he lived and recorded his music in until his 1981 death, and is the single biggest attraction in all of Kingston. This is also the site an assassination attempt ….Read the rest here at: http://www.helium.com/items/1049265-travel-destination-kingston-jamaica

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